Storm weakens, efforts to restore electricity supply underway


Cyclonic storm "Titli" on Thursday wreaked havoc in the states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh killing eight people.

Road communication between Paralakhemundi and Mohana and some other block headquarters in Gajapati had been disrupted under the impact of the cyclone, he said.

The India Met Department (IMD) said in an evening update that the cyclone "Titli" was located last over South Odisha about 110 km West of Gopalpur and 140 km South-West of Phulbani.

At least 3 people died as severe Cyclone Titli hit the southern Odisha coast, triggering heavy rainfall in the coastal districts, early morning on Thursday.

The landfall process which continued for two to three hours till 8.30 9 a.m. with a wall cloud in the rear sector of the cyclone yet to enter completely into the land brought heavy rains in several parts of the state that may continue till Friday.

In a video conference with Union Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, Chief Secretary A P Padhi informed that the state has taken precautions to deal with the situation. Thereafter, it is very likely to re-curve north eastwards, move towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and weaken gradually.

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The holidays of officials have been put on hold in view of the approaching storm and subsequent heavy rainfall that was expected to be dumped across the state.

There were no deaths reported but trees and electricity poles were uprooted, officials told PTI, with roads and makeshift mud-brick houses also damaged.

A total of 13 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and nine Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) teams have been deployed at strategic locations.

The South Central Railway and the East Coast Railway cancelled several trains while some were terminated midway, officials said, adding a few express trains were also diverted. Similarly, the water level of Bada River near Gallery, Nuagaon, Madhababarida, Bhanjanagar and Aska has also crossed danger mark and Bahuda River in Kabisuryanagar is flowing above its danger level, reports said.

Also, operations at Paradip port have been suspended and all ships have been shifted to deep sea. The department had advised complete suspension of fishing operations and asked people to stay indoors. Ganjam, Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara districts would remain in radar of the cyclone, and stands fair chances of incessant showers.

Maritime ports of: Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Mongla, and Payra have been advised to keep local warning signal no 4 hoisted.